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Auto focus will not work with the 100-400mm 5.6

My 100-400mm lens will not auto focus when using with the Canon Extender EF2x. I was told you could cover one of the connections with a small piece of tape. Does anyone know which connection this is?

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It's the same 3 as with the 1.4x, but be warned it is likely to be a very unsatisfactory solution in all but the very brightest daylight, and the lens will continually hunt for autofocus - you risk burning out your focussing motor.

If you really want to experiment, hold the converter so the writing on it is the correct way up. Looking at the row of gold pins, rotate the lens so they are at the top, or the 12 o'clock position. It is the 3 leftmost pins you want to cover. Use a piece of sellotape (scotch tape) to cover the three pins, you'll have to cut a thin strip to do it. Be careful as the tape could slip as you attach the converter to the lens adding more risk to the experiment if it gets stuck somewhere it shouldn't!

I tried this with my 2x (version 1) and a 70-200f4/L, it tries to focus but fails with the much reduced light. Might try it outside on a sunny day, but also scared of damaging my lens!

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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